waSafaricom CEO Bob Collymore is happy for his director of Corporate Affairs Nzioka Waita for landing a big government job, but he’s definitely not amused with President Uhuru for poaching his top talent.

The legal mind has been with Safaricom for over 14 years, joining as legal assistant to the network roll-out team. On Friday, President Uhuru appointed the 39 year old Secretary of Delivery in the Executive Office of the President.

Bob Collymore retweeted a tweet from State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu announcing the appointment.


Two days later, Bob was back on Twitter recognizing the team that was responsible for bringing MPesa servers to Kenya. He mentioned Emma Gichonge – the project manager in charge, stating categorically that she’s not up for poaching.


That tweet may have been aimed at competitors but perhaps after Friday’s appointment, Bob has started seeing the government as a competitor in human resource. The timing also leads to the same conclusion.